ACC Development Officer Roger Binny, on his visit to the Sultanate in January encouraged Oman to continue in its ambitions for women's cricket and following an inter-school girls soft-ball tournament held at the end of 2006, Oman is now set to introduce women's cricket to the country.

Vaishali Jesrani and former Indian national woman's cricketer Ranjit Matharoo have been appointed to co-ordinate women's cricket in Oman. Oman plans to start the registration of women cricketers from March.

Qatar is set to hold tournaments for schoolgirls and has invited ten schools in Qatar to participate in the first event in March.

"Our association will help the schools in developing their cricket teams by providing coaching and equipment," says Manzoor Ahmad of the QCA. "Women's cricket is high on the ACC's agenda and we need to introduce the game to girls at school level."

Filed March 12 2007